Scots' team effort earns 110-74 victory over Johnson; Songster honored for 1,000th career point

Scots' team effort earns 110-74 victory over Johnson; Songster honored for 1,000th career point

Maryville College honored Calvin Songster on Saturday afternoon, as the Scots came out hot against Johnson University (Tenn.) for a 110-74 victory.

MC posted 15 total 3-pointers in the game, as they shot better than 54 percent from all areas of the floor.

Saturday's 36-point victory evens Maryville's record at 4-4 overall, as they honored Songster for becoming the 33rd Maryville College men's player to cross the 1,000-point plateau.

"Calvin Songster has had a great career, and he will go down as one of the best shooters in MC Basketball history," Head Coach Randy Lambert said. "I am proud of his development as a player and a leader. His 38-point performance versus Emory was one of the best I have witnessed during my tenure. In the game against Oglethorpe, he scored 15 points, but I was more impressed with his overall game: six rebounds, four assists and two steals. I hope he stays in the zone and has a great season for us."

Songster tallied his 1,003rd point two week ago, as the Johnson City, Tenn. native has 55 points over the next four games.

He currently sits with 1,058 career points, and he ranks 26th on MC's all-time list.

Songster jumped four spots on the list today, as he led the Scots to victory with 23 total points.

MC had a complete game, dishing out 23 assists on 42 made baskets. That stellar number comes as they gave up only two turnovers for the game, while forcing 13 Royal miscues.

"I thought our guys played good team basketball…It's great to see Emier Bowman come back and play well. I think he's been the difference – 14 points and 10 rebounds," Lambert said. "The thing I like 23 assists on 42 made field goals. Anytime that you have 50 percent of your made baskets assisted, you're moving the basketball. In reference, Johnson had seven assists to 31 field goals, so that just goes to show you that if you move the basketball and you share it, one more pass can make a lot of difference."

Those assists were key for Maryville, as they managed a 54.5 percent shooting effort (42-of-77) from the floor.

The Scots bested that tally from beyond the arc, as they bucketed 15 total 3-pointers – just two shy of the school record. MC shot 55.6 percent from long range, as they held Johnson to 5 treys at a 26.3 percent clip.

"I thought 55 percent from the floor, 56 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent from the free-throw line, those are tremendous improvements for this team," Lambert said. "I hope that we can come back and duplicate that kind of performance after our long break."

Maryville (4-4) was led by Songster's 23-point outing, as he went 7-of-10 from long range. He added three assists, as Emier Bowman had a double-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and a steal. Dante Hoppa had 14 points, eight boards, four assists and a steal, while Kaleb Estes added 14 points off the bench.

Estes had four rebounds, a pair of assists and a pair of steals to his ccredit. Trevor Gaines-Perry had eight points and two rebounds, while Danterrius Bray had seven points. Joshua Brooks had 10 points and two assists in just 10 minutes, as Emanuelle Garcia, J.R. Sanders and Jordan Griswould had five points each. Sanders added four assists to his night, while J.P. McGhee had four points. David Deacon had three points, while Nick Clifton added two.

In all, Maryville had 13 players in the scoring column – four of those going for double digits.

MC shot 11-of-13 at the charity stripe, as they outrebounded Johnson, 39-36.

Johnson University (4-10) saw Coby Jones finish with a game-high 27 points, as he went 11-of-16 from the floor. He tallied six rebounds, while Kenton Gullion went 9-of-12 for 19 points. Estiven Estacio – standing 6-foot-11 – was held to seven points, four blocks and zero rebounds on the night.

MC will have the Christmas break off, before they return to action on Saturday, Dec. 29. The Scots travel to Tampa, Fla. for the Tampa Bay Shootout hosted by DePauw and face WPI at 7 p.m.